POLICE

U of U research: “Minneapolis Effect” may be increasing murders across the country

Sep 10, 2020, 7:03 PM | Updated: Sep 12, 2020, 3:32 pm
Minneapolis Effect...
Over a thousand demonstrators gathered outside the Salt Lake City-County building Wednesday morning protesting for police reform. (PHOTO: KSL Newsradio's John Wojcik)
(PHOTO: KSL Newsradio's John Wojcik)

SALT LAKE CITY—  A Professor of Law at the University of Utah says a “Minneapolis Effect,” is leading to increased shootings across the country.  He details his findings in a paper soon to be published in a law journal.

HOMICIDES UP

Professor Paul Cassell says “right after the last week in May we see a 37% increase in homicides around the country.  That’s a very sharp increase in a short period of time.”

May 25 was when George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis, and riots began.  Cassell’s research indicates as a result of de-policing in June and July 2020, approximately 710 additional victims were murdered and more than 2,800 victims were shot. 

He says this same kind of effect happened after the Ferguson, Missouri riots protesting the police shooting of Micheal Brown in 2014.

THE EFFECT OF THE MINNEAPOLIS EFFECT

Cassell defines the “Minneapolis Effect” as a decline in law enforcement stemming from the anti-police protest.  This could be because police are regulating riots and/or because of a decline in proactive policing. 

The decline could be the result of many things, says Cassell. “It’s hard to tell exactly why police are pulling back.  It could be lower morale or redeployment; it could be a lot of things. But it all seems to stem from the anti-police protests.”

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR “#DEFUNDING” THE POLICE

Cassell’s paper suggests an inverse result of the protests.  While people are protesting to protect minority communities, violence there is rising. 

“There has been a boomerang effect. We’re seeing a decline in policing that is striking in particular minority victims,” Cassel noted.

 Cassell says one of the implications of this research is that we have to be very careful about “defunding the police. “(Police) play a vital role in preventing gun violence.  Everything that interferes with that role can have deadly consequences.”

Listen to a full interview with Dr. Cassell with Lee Lonsberry here: 

 

Today’s Top Stories

Police

A semi hauling sand Monday evening rolled on US-40 near Vernal, blocking all lanes of traffic. The ...
Mark Jones

Semi rollover near Vernal blocks all lanes of US-40

A semi hauling sand rolled on US-40 Monday evening near Vernal, blocking all lanes of traffic. The driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital in stable condition.
2 days ago
apology act of kindness...
Mark Jones

Utah County Search and Rescue team help teenager off Battle Creek trail

A 16-year-old girl fell about 20 feet up Battle Creek trail, suffering a head injury. The Utah County Search and Rescue team had her off the mountain by 7:30 p.m.
2 days ago
buffalo shooter...
Becky Bruce and Mark Jones

Former U.S. Attorney says shootings such as the one in Buffalo are hard to predict

Shootings such as the one in Buffalo are hard to predict, says John Huber, former U.S. District Attorney for the District of Utah.
2 days ago
SLCPD police car. Its SWAT team responded to a situation today....
Samantha Herrera

Man found dead from self-inflicted wound following SWAT situation

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Police Department’s SWAT Team discovered a suspect dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound following a reported sexual assault. The area surrounding a Salt Lake home was locked down by the SLCPD for a period on Monday afternoon as the SWAT team investigated. There is a large police […]
2 days ago
body found construction salt lake city...
Chandler Holt

Man arrested after assault and robbery attempt

Man arrested after assault and robbery attempt near Shuttle Stop 10 in Salt Lake City
3 days ago
Image of a police cruiser in front of an Arby's, where a stabbing occured...
Chandler Holt

UPDATED: Suspect arrested in Salt Lake City fatal stabbing

Police received reports of a stabbing victim at 1650 South State Street at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. Upon arrival, officers located a man in critical condition.
3 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
...

Tax Tuesday: The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Filing Their Taxes

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
...

Tax Tuesday: How will last year’s child tax credits affect you?

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
...

Tax Tuesday: Key Information Before the Filing Deadline

Businesses can receive a credit of up to $5,000 per employee in 2020 and up to $21,000 per employee in 2021.
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
U of U research: “Minneapolis Effect” may be increasing murders across the country